Truck Driver Texting


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has renewed its call to ban the use of hands-free cell phones for all drivers operating commercial motor vehicles.

NTSB issued its recommendation in late October as part of a final report on a May 2013 collision involving a freight train and a dump truck in Rosedale, MD. The truck driver was distracted and failed to yield at a private crossing, according to NTSB, and the collision prompted a 15-car derailment and subsequent chemical explosion.

The report states that the driver answered a call using a hands-free headset about 18 seconds before the collision and one second before the first train horn. The driver said he had consulted with his company about using a hands-free device, which is not prohibited by Maryland law or federal regulations.

NTSB cited several studies showing that cognitive distraction is similar for drivers who use hands-free and handheld devices. The National Safety Council has pushed for a ban on all portable electronic devices while driving, including hands-free.

Contact Us

National Independent Truckers Insurance Company, RRG.

610-618 W. St. Georges Ave.
Linden, NJ 07036
Phone: (888) 237-7922 or 908-587-2500

Book a Call With Us

Email Us

National Independent Truckers Insurance Co., RRG is a BBB Accredited Insurance Company in Charleston, SC